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This award-winning picture book tells the moving story of two brothers separated by the First World War. It is based on the thousands of letters sent by and to Anzac soldiers fighting at Gallipoli.

This award-winning picture book tells the moving story of two brothers separated by the First World War. It is based on the thousands of letters sent by and to Anzac soldiers fighting at Gallipoli.

Dear Jim,
Your postcard arrived today. I showed it to the family. Mum misses you . . .
Between December 1914 and August 1915 Tom and Jim write to each other whenever they get a chance. Tom talks about life at home on the farm while Jim writes from Egypt and then from the trenches of the Gallipoli peninsula.

From the author and illustrator of Le Quesnoy and Roly, the Anzac Donkey comes a moving story of two brothers separated by war. It is based on the thousands of letters sent by and to Anzac soldiers fighting at Gallipoli, one of the most significant campaigns of the First World War.

This beautiful hardback depicts life at war and on the home front with exquisite illustrations by Jenny Cooper and fold-out letter inserts.

Best Picture Book, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015
Storylines Notable Picture Book 2015

Reviews

Skilfully written, striking in its format and deeply moving in its conclusion, Jim's Letters may be Harper's best book yet. [...] This is an endlessly fascinating picture book, which provides a magnificent introduction to New Zealand's early involvement in the Great War.

Trevor Agnew, Magpies

This [story] gets me every time. ... The illustrations are wonderful and emotional and contrast war and home life beautifully.

Laura Hewson, Otago Daily Times

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780143505907

    March 26, 2014

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $27.00

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